O deliver us from them for thy mercy's sake, and so will we praise thee with joyful lips.

And we pray for thy blessing, O heavenly Father, upon the world of mankind. Let thy light and thy truth dispel the darkness of ignorance, error and superstition, from the minds of men, and lead them to the knowledge, experience and practice of virtue and true religion; that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. And, in thy own good time, may all people, nations and kindreds of mankind be subjected to the government of thy Son, the Messiah; enjoy the blessings of his peaceful reign, and be the willing subjects of his kingdom of righteousness and salvation, to the glory of thy holy name, world without end. AMEN.

Before Sermon in the Afternoon.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, we would again enter into thy gates with thanksgiving, and into thy courts with praise; we would be thankful unto thee and speak good of thy name, for thou art the Lord our God. It is thou who hast made us, and not we ourselves; we are thy people and the sheep of thy pasture. May we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; and may all the earth stand in awe of him. For he cometh: for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with his truth. Thou, O Lord, art our refuge and strength; a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea: though the waters thereof roar and be troubled. For there is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be moved: God shall help her,

and that right early. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, Ŏ God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings: they shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life; and in thy light shall we see light.

We adore thee, O Lord, because thou art good, and because thy mercy endureth for ever. May we be that happy people whose God is the Lord; a peculiar people, showing forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into marvellous light. We are taught, heavenly Father, as well by thy providential dealings, as in thy word and gospel, that thou art benevolent and kind, even to the unthankful and the evil, and that thy compassions fail not great is thy faithfulness. May we learn to imitate the examples of thy great and universal goodness; and study to be perfect, as our Father who is in heaven is perfect.

We earnestly look to thee, O Lord, for thy blessing while we wait before thee, and humbly offer thee our public devotions this afternoon. May we here sit together as in a heavenly place; and may thy banner over us be love, while we feast upon the unsearchable riches of Christ. May our prayers be accepted, and graciously answered in peace to our souls; and may our praises rise up as holy incense, and be an offering and a sacrifice well pleasing in thy sight. May the doctrines of thy word, which shall be published at this time, drop as the rain, and distil as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as showers upon the grass; and may the fruits of righteousness be the salutary effects produced. May thy good Spirit assist us in all the services of the Christian sanctuary. May great grace be upon us all, causing us to rejoice in the Lord, and

to joy in the God of our salvation. Direct and govern us in all our doings: further us with thy continual help, and satisfy us early with thy mercy and fa


Be graciously present, O God, with all worshipping assemblies; and may great good be done this day, in the name of thy holy child Jesus. Extend a knowledge of thy redeeming grace to all people, in all parts of the world, even in those dark places of the earth, which are full of the habitations of cruelty; so that in due time, all may be brought to hear and know the joyful sound of salvation; may walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance; in thy name rejoice all the day, and in thy righteousness be exalted.

O Lord our heavenly Father; there is no God like unto thee, who pardoneth iniquity and transgression, because thou delightest in mercy. Forgive us, we pray thee, our trespasses, and turn us from every evil way. Accompany us by thy grace through all the changes of this transitory state of existence; and when we fail on earth, receive us, with all the redeemed, to praise and glorify thee, in a world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

For Morning.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, whose name only is excellent, and who art the most high over all the earth-Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. We would adore thee as the wise and benevolent ruler and governor of all things, of all creatures and all events. We desire to acknowledge, with unfeigned gratitude, our entire dependance on thee for all our enjoyments, and all that we can hope for, in time and eternity.

We thank thee, heavenly Father, for the preservation of our lives from our earliest days to the present time, and for all the manifestations of thy goodness to us in the supply of our bodily wants: for food and raiment, for health, and for the exercise of our rational faculties; for the blessing of friends, and the comforts of society and social intercourse; and for all the various enjoyments of the varied seasons, which are successively crowned with thy good


Especially, we would devoutly bless and praise the name of the Lord for our religious privileges: for the establishment of public worship among us upon gospel principles; and for the repeated opportunities we enjoy of uniting together in its sublime and sanctifying exercises. May we esteem this service of our God as the most perfect freedom; so that like the devout David of old, we shall always be glad when it is said unto us, "Come, let us go up to the house of the Lord." We bless the Lord for the opportunity of meeting together this morning for religious devotion. May we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, and with elevated affections, and may we find our spiritual strength renewed; so that like the baptized eunuch of old, we may go on our way, and pursue our Christian course rejoicing.

Continue, O heavenly Father, to manifest thy favour and loving-kindness unto us; and guide our feet in paths of righteousness and peace; may we in all things obey thy blessed will; do good in our day and generation, and set forth thy most worthy praise.

And we would humbly offer unto thee, O Lord, our earnest intercessions for all mankind; beseeching thee to grant that the pure light of the gospel may be made to shine upon all nations, that they

may all be made acquainted with thy true character, thy gracious disposition, and thy holy and benevolent purposes concerning them. Let thy truth, O merciful God, as it is in Jesus thy Son, illuminat their benighted minds; dispel the deep darkness from their understandings; turn them from dumb idols, and from their own vain imaginations, to know and serve thee, the one living and true God. That so thy way may be known upon earth: thy saving health among all nations; that the people may praise thee, yea, that all the people may praise thee.

Especially we pray that thy holy church, under the reign of thy Son, the Messiah, wherever it is, or shall be, established, may be defended by thy power, and sustained by thy most gracious and ready help. May the gospel prevail and prosper more and more, even to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing which exalteth itself against the knowledge of God; and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And we pray that all who profess and call themselves Christians, may be brought to an agreement in the truth, and may hold the true gospel faith in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life; so that they may live in unity and godly love, to their mutual comfort and edification; and to the glory of thine abundant grace, in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We beseech thee also, O heavenly Father, so to direct and dispose the hearts of all Christian rulers, that they may truly and impartially administer justice, to the terror of evil doers, and to the praise and encouragement of those that do well; so that under the protection of just and equal laws, and faithfully executed, our rights and privileges may be secure, and that we may joyfully serve and worship

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